Location: South Africa–>Mpumalanga–>Hazyview
Accommodation Type: Safari tent
Comfort Level: Mid-Range
Good For: Solo, Couple/Romantic, Family
The peaceful sub-tropical Sabie River Valley lies at the edge of the escarpment of the towering Drakensberg Mountains. The spectacular Umbhaba Lodge nestles on a hillside overlooking this bushveld valley, just a short drive from the iconic Kruger National Park and the awe-inspiring sights of the Blyde River Canyon and aptly named God’s Window.
Umbhaba, the Swazi name for the Lowveld Chestnut tree symbolising warmth and the power of nature, lives up to its name. This luxurious and tranquil 4 star lodge is warm and welcoming and imbued with the natural surroundings, offering a picture-perfect destination for leisure breakaways, romantic weddings and executive conferences, and affording the ideal gateway to the multitudes of attractions in the area.
The thirty individually decorated thatched suites are surrounded by gushing waterfalls and lush sub-tropical gardens. Ten of the suites are en-suite family units, offering a king size bed and two three quarter beds, large oval baths and spacious showers, and private patios.
With décor reflecting the history of the Kruger National Park elephants, the Tusker Suites offer sunken corner baths and private patios, from which guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding water features.
The African Tribal Suites offer luxurious spacious bedrooms with romantic four-poster beds, a separate lounge, a twin shower and a sunken window bath offering spectacular views of the sun setting over the Sabie Valley. Fireplaces assure guests of snugly warmth on chilly winter evenings.
The romantic Induna Honeymoon suite, split over three levels, offers sumptuous luxury, and includes a full en-suite bathroom and bubbly Jacuzzi. A large private patio offers peaceful seclusion and a wonderful opportunity to absorb the unspoilt wilderness while sipping delicious cocktails.
Umbhaba Lodge guests frequently sight the resident hippos, Henry and Henrietta. Umbhaba is just 12 kilometres from the Kruger Park. Guests may opt for self-drive safari or go on organised safaris into the park. Game life is prolific in the Kruger – Guests frequently sight the Big Five during safari drives, along with cheetah, hippo, wild dog and a large variety of antelope. There are regular sightings of rare species, such as the roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and wild dog. Guided evening game drives reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as porcupine, aardwolf, genet, serval, white tailed mongoose, civet and brown hyena.
Birdlife is prolific with over 450 species recorded. Raptor sightings include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards. Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge, and iridescently plumaged birds, such as the Lilac-breasted roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, and Malachite kingfishers are often sighted.
When entering Nelspruit, carry on past the first traffic light and turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto the R40 road.
Proceed on the R40 to White River.
Upon entering White River, turn left at the first traffic light, marked Uplands College.
Approx. 200 m. further is the next traffic light, turn right (marked Hazyview, Baghdad Cafe, Kruger National Park).
Pass the first traffic light.
At the second traffic light, the road connects with the R40.
Turn left towards Hazyview.
Carry on straight on the R40.
Proceed straight on towards Hazyview and about 43 kms after White River (2 km before Hazyview) on the left hand side of the road, you will see the Lodge.
Please note: You will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person.The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change).
|African Tribal Suite||01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014|
|Luxury Suite||01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014|
|Family Suite||01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014|
Prices are quoted on a bed and breakfast basis.
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